Stein on Writing provides immediately useful advice for writers of fiction and nonfiction, whether newcomers or accomplished professionals. As Sol Stein, renowned editor, author, and instructor, explains, “This is not a book of theory. It is a book of usable solutions, how to fix writing that is flawed, how to improve writing that is good, how to create interesting writing in the first place.” With examples from his best sellers as well as aspiring students’ writing, Stein offers detailed sections on characterization, dialogue, pacing, flashbacks, liposuctioning flab, the “triage” method of revision, using the techniques of fiction to enliven nonfiction, and more.

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  1. Anonymous

    All in all, it’s a swell, engaging and rapid read that’s chock full of useful insight. It’s a Must Have for any author! Holy Stein! When’s the last time you picked up a book and learned something within the first 15 or 20 minutes? This book did that for me.In fact, I was scribbling and highlighting like a nine year old within minutes of cracking the paperback.Biggest Take away? His description on SHOW ME DON’T TELL ME is the best I have read to date.Are you a writer? Then, stop what you’re doing, and order this book today. It will open your eyes and mind in a fresh way. Oh,…

  2. Anonymous

    Excellent advice and many examples for better writing. Stein is an author, editor, and publisher. His advice is geared toward fiction, with some thoughts for nonfiction. I am a reader and reviewer of books, not a writer. I have strong likes and dislikes about books I’ve read. I’m reading some “how to write books” to see if I agree with the experts. I’m delighted to say that writers who follow Stein’s advice will very likely make me happy when reading their books. I am more liberal than Stein in two areas: the first three pages of a book and…

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